Cleaning your dogs ears can be a bad experience for both the pooch and the owner. However, keeping your dog’s ears clean is the best way to prevent against potential health hazards such as ear mites, ear infections and wax build up. In addition, infections and build-up can affect their ability to hear.
To reduce your dog’s risk for experiencing any of these problems perform a routine ear check. This is best done on a weekly basis. Below are some helpful hints as to what you should be looking for when checking your dog’s ears:
- Check the ear for any dirt, wax, foreign objects, or redness in the ear canal.
- Smell your dog’s ear; if there is a foul smell present, this is usually indicative of a more serious problem.
- Mites, fleas and ticks like the dark, moist inaccessible area of your dog’s ear.
- Check for a waxy substance in your dog’s ears, it will almost look like dark brown coffee grinds.
If you think your dog may have any of these symptoms listed above it is imperative that you call and make an appointment to see your Veterinarian. These things can cause serious issues and get worse as they progress.
There are many ear cleaners out on the market, some which are a cleaning solution and rinse aid. They work great for in between vet visits and really make a difference. We do not recommend the use of soap and water or Qtips because they can damage the ear canal.
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